Tag Archives: South American food

Moqueca de camarão (Brazilian prawn stew)

14 Jul

moqueca de camarão (Brazilian prawn stew)

Moqueca de camarão is my kind of dish.

Simple, delicious, light, flavourful, every ingredient singing in harmony.

I’m so pleased I’ve discovered it, and expect we’ll be eating it regularly all year round.

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Fainá

12 Jul

faina

Fainá is a thick pancake (or flatbread) made of chickpea flour – and not much else.

It’s baked in a pizza pan in a hot oven, emerging crispy on the outside with an eggy-creamy interior.

Apparently, Uruguayans like to top their pizza slices with a wedge of fainá.
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Choripán with chimichurri

4 Jul

Choripán – or grilled spicy sausage in a toasted baguette – is Latin America’s take on the hot dog.

Argentinians make their choripán with chorizo sausages and slather them in fresh chimichurri sauce – definitely a winning combination.

Choripán are ubiquitous at football matches, making them an obvious choice for our World Cup 2018 cook-off. Continue reading

Arepas con camarones y hogao

3 Jul

I love it when I discover something new to cook that I know will become a fixture on the family dinner table.

These Colombian arepas are one of those things.

Delicious, crispy, light and filling, we made noises of happiness as we ate them. Continue reading

Papas a la huancaina

26 Jun

In this Peruvian salad, thick slices of potato are blanketed in a delicious spicy cheese sauce and teamed with hard-boiled eggs and olives.

It all plays very nicely together, and unlike the Peruvian team it is in with a chance in our World Cup 2018 cook-off.

The huancaina sauce is definitely the star of the show. It tastes like you hope that nasty yellow nacho cheese sauce is going to taste (and never does). Continue reading

Peruvian seco

3 Nov

Seco

Seco is a traditional Peruvian stew. Chunks of meat – lamb, chicken or beef – are simmered for hours until the meat is  tender to the point of falling apart.

Like dhania chicken, seco is definitely for coriander lovers only. It’s also pretty spicy, so I tone things down a notch when preparing it for the girls.

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Recoleta clericot

27 Aug

Recoleta clericot

The recoleta clericot is a clever cocktail, with a careful balance of tastes and flavours – bitter Cinzano, acid-sweet orange juice, delicate herbal notes and the alcoholic wallop of gin, the distinctive flat melon flavour of cucumber, and ginger ale’s dancing top note. I came across this recipe in Waitrose Food magazine a couple of summers ago, and we’ve been quaffing them regularly ever since. Continue reading